Boeing Business Jets celebrated the 40th year of Boeing commercial sales in China and the delivery of the 1,000th Boeing airliner to the market, a 737-800 purchased by China Eastern Airlines, today at ABACE. Meanwhile, the company plans to deliver six green BBJs this year, four of which are destined for Asia and three of those are China bound. Seven BBJs will enter service this year, three in Asia, including one in China.
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Epic Aircraft (Booth No. SNF-003) plans to gain FAA certification for its Epic LT turboprop single late next year, the Bend, Ore.-based company told AIN at the Sun ’n Fun Fly-in in Lakeland, Fla. It has already fielded 40 owner-flown versions of the 325-knot airplane, with S/N 49 now on the production line.
The company is now using a demonstrator for initial flight testing and will soon start building two conforming prototypes that it will use for FAA certification efforts. Both prototypes are expected to be flying by year-end, according to company president Doug King.
Boeing moved one step closer toward returning the 787 to service on Friday, when it flew Dreamliner Line Number 86 on a one-hour, 49-minute mission to demonstrate conformity of its battery system modification to U.S. certification authorities. Painted in LOT Polish Airlines livery, LN 86 took off from Paine Field in Everett, Washington, at 10:39 a.m.
Congressman Sam Johnson (R-Texas) received the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence on March 26. The award is given to recognize members of Congress for their “votes on key manufacturing legislation identified by the NAM in the 112th Congress.” Bombardier and its Flexjet subsidiary hosted the event. “What happens in Washington matters to businesses such as ours and regions such as this one,” said Flexjet president Deanna White.
Mesa Air Group inked an eight-year deal with US Airways to add another nine aircraft to its fleet of 38 Bombardier CRJ900s, the airline announced in late February.
Boeing 787 Line Number 86 took off from Paine Field in Everett, Wash., at 11:19 am local time today for a “routine” test flight to address ongoing systems upgrades separate from those related to the airplane’s battery.
Eclipse Aerospace received an amended production certificate (PC) today from the FAA, authorizing the Albuquerque, N.M.-based aircraft manufacturer to do final assembly, test and certification of new-production Eclipse 550s. The original PC granted to Eclipse last year allowed Eclipse to manufacture the EA550 and requisite parts in compliance with FAA-approved type design, but required direct FAA oversight of the flight-test and certification phases.
Boeing technical workers have approved a new four-year contract that maintains annual 5-percent salary increase pools and guaranteed minimum wage increases each year. Of the 4,898 workers who submitted ballots, 4,244 voted to accept the same deal a narrow majority rejected on February 19.
Pending a judgment against Associated Air Center that could total as much as $49 million, the Dallas Love Field-based company is already planning an appeal. In the suit, brought by Tary Network and Citadella International Group in a Dallas district court, attorneys claimed that Associated and related entities engaged in a breach of contract “that led to tens of millions in losses for the jet owners, including lost profits, out-of-pocket damages and lost value.”
Boeing will move “really fast” to return the Boeing 787 to service once the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration approves the company’s proposal to solve the airplane’s battery problem, Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner told attendees at the J.P. Morgan Aviation, Transportation & Defense Conference in New York on March 4.